SPIN - Best Young Researcher Article Award

Every year, SPIN rewards a young researcher who, as member of its community, is the first author a distinguished paper published in an international Peer Reviewed journal.

After the Workshop held on December 20th, 2023 the evaluation committee (Carmine Attanasio, Vittorio Cautadella, Daniele Marrè, Gianni Profeta) selected Dr. Yu Chen as the BYRA winner for the paper “Ferromagnetic Quasi-Two-Dimensional Electron Gas with Trigonal Crystal Field Splitting” published in ACS Appl. Electron Mater 4, 3226 (2022).


Winner of the previous editions:


Anyons in Quantum Hall Interferometry

Matteo Carrega

Cohautors: L. Chirolli, S. Heun, L. Sorba

Nature Reviews Physics volume 3, pages 698–711 (2021)


In this paper, Carrega el al. review the recent theoretical and technological advances in Quantum Hall interferometry. Beside representing the first example of topological quantum matter, the quantum Hall effect in the fractional regime involves excitations with fractional statistics whose detection and manipulation represent key milestones in view of topologically protected quantum computation schemes. The review paper, the first comprehensive one in this cutting-edge research field, clearly highlights the important contributions of the candidate and his expertise and mastery of the topic.


Spontaneous skyrmionic lattice from anisotropic symmetric exchange in a Ni-halide monolayer

Danila Amoroso

Cohautors: P. Barone, S. Picozzi

Nature Communications, volume 11, Article number: 5784 (2020)


The paper reports the prediction of the existence of a spontaneous network of anti-biskyrmions in a two-dimensional centrosymmetric magnet. The topic is at the cutting edge of the research field on the magnetic properties of low-dimensional systems, as highlighted by the high impact factor of the journal on which the paper was published.
The role of the candidate is recognizable and relevant, both for the technical contribution (simulations) and for the interpretation of the results, and their placement in the reference scientific landscape.


Laser surface texturing of copper and variation of the wetting response with the laser pulse fluence

Elaheh Allahyari

Cohautors: J. JJ Nivas, S. L. Oscurato, M. Salvatore, G. Ausanio, A. Vecchione, R. Fittipaldi, P. Maddalena, R. Bruzzese, S. Amoruso

APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, Volume: 470, Pages: 817-824, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.11.202, Published: MAR 15 2019


With this work, Allahyari et al. demonstrate the potential of laser surface texturing for altering the functional properties of copper in a controlled way by developing hierarchical surface structures. The results stand out for their impact in the field, as testified by the swift positive response of the community, and for their potential interest for wettability applications. The paper testifies a valuable synergy between different units within the Institute.


Transport and Field Emission Properties of MoS2 Bilayers

Francesca Urban

Cohautors: M. Passacantando, F. Giubileo, L. Iemmo, A. Di Bartolomeo

NANOMATERIALS 8(3), 151 (2018)


The work of F. Urban et al. deals with field-effect electrical properties of bilayer molybdenum disulfide that is currently inspiring intensive investigations for its high potential as new material for developing innovative electronic and optoelectronic devices. The results stand out in particular for timely scientific contents and for its impact in the area of advanced two-dimensional materials.


Cage Size and Jump Precursors in Glass-Forming Liquids: Experiment and Simulations

Raffaele Pastore

Cohautors: G. Pesce, A. Sasso and M. Pica Ciamarra 

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 8, 1562 (2017)


The work of R. Pastore et al. it stands out in particular for both bibliometric indicators and scientific contents. These are the result of an important synergy between the SPIN institute and the joint CNR-NTU laboratory in Singapore on the theme of amorphous materials for energy, and also document the outcome of the SPIN SEED 2014 project "Charge separation and charge transport in hybrid solar cells" of which the young researcher was scientific responsible.


Structural and transport properties of (Ca,La)FeAs2 single crystal

Federico Caglieris

Cohautors: A. Sala, M. Fujioka, F. Hummel, I. Pallecchi, G. Lamura, D. Johrendt, Y. Takano, S. Ishida, A. Iyo, H. Eisaki,H. Ogino, H. Yakita, J. Shimoyama and M. Putti

APL MATERIALS 4, 020702 (2016)


Structural and transport properties of (Ca, La) FeAs2 single crystal by F. Caglieris et al., APL Materials 4, 020702 (2016) stands out in particular for both bibliometric indicators and scientific contents.  The scientific results are the outcome of an articulated collaboration between the SPIN institute and important foreign institutions, in which the young researcher played a prominent role...

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